Track description
W3C track

W3C Tutorial track (Monday-Tuesday):

  • Data Visualization for the Web (full day)
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  • Media advances on the Web Platform
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  • WebAudio : audio effects and musical instruments in the browser
    (sub-title: “From JavaScript to WebAssembly, from simple examples to complete reproductions of commercial synthetizers and production quality effects”)
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W3C Track (Friday):

  • W3C – Highlights of Web Standards
    • Invited talk 1: New Trends on the Web Platform
      Speaker: Kenneth Rohde Christiansen (Intel)

      Back in 2010 many doubted that the web would survive and people put their trust into native apps. It seemed that though web had become an essential part of the desktop experiences, it just didn’t make the transition to mobile. Oh, people couldn’t have been more wrong. Browsers moved their focus to mobile, fixed the major bottlenecks and eventually we ended up with Progressive Web Apps, Web Assembly and a lot of new exciting technology, ushering a new era for the web. Join me in this talk, to know what is going on with the web today and learn about PWAs.

      Kenneth Rohde Christiansen is a Danish software engineer and architect, specialized in mobile and web technology. Working at Intel out of Copenhagen, Kenneth helps define Intel’s strategy and plans regarding the Web Platform, as well as puts it into action. Kenneth is a Google Developer Expert in Web Technology and member of the W3C Technical Architecture Group, chartered with stewardship of the Web architecture. Before joining Intel, Kenneth was employed by Nokia (Denmark and Brazil) where he worked on the Nokia N9 web browser, Qt, WebKit, as well as many other mobile projects. Currently working on Progressive Web Apps and emerging web standards like Web App Manifest, Generic Sensors, Web Assembly, Web NFC, Web XR etc.

    • Invited talk 2: Faster Web – WebAssembly
      Speaker: Eric Prud’hommeaux (W3C)

      Web Assembly provides a powerful new platform for executing code in the browser.This new virtual machine offers several advantages, including 1) 20% average speed improvement over Javascript, 2) access to system libraries and APIs, 3) a compilation target for existing code bases in many languages. This talk will help the audience understand the capabilities and potential of Web Assembly.

      Eric Prud’hommeaux is the W3C Staff Contact for the Web Assembly Working Group. While typically focused on biomedical applications, Eric brings experience in language design and optimization to bear in brower a browser environment.
      A long-time fan of typed languages like C++, Eric welcomes the opportunity to leverage many popular programming codebases in web applications.

    • Invited talk 3: WebXR: Bringing immersivity to the Web
      Speaker: Dominique Hazael-Massieux (W3C)

      Virtual and Augmented reality bring brand new ways of interactions with computing systems. Ongoing pre-standardization work in W3C is offering Web developers to take part to that exploration through the WebXR API (formerly known as WebVR), enabling them to build VR and AR experiences directly in the browser.

      Dominique Hazael-Massieux is a member of the W3C Technical staff, where is supervises the work on WebRTC, Augmented and Virtual Reality (XR), and serves as a champion for the telecommunications industry (Web5G). He also leads the consortium’s developer relationship effort, and is now looking into the long-term future of Web Applications.

    • Invited talk 4: The Web of Things for Industrial System Integration
      Speaker: Victor Charpenary (Siemens)

      Most recent industrial systems include Internet connectivity from edge devices to the cloud. The general architecture of such systems typically involves data streams that emerge in the field and end their course in so-called data lakes, hosted in the cloud. However, so far, these data streams have followed meandering paths: the vast heterogeneity of devices, protocols and vendors involved generally implies many intermediaries, high integration efforts, and limited sharing of metadata and semantic models in the cloud. In this presentation, we show how Siemens leverages Web of Things technology to ease industrial system integration, e.g., on the MindSphere cloud platform or Building Technologies edge devices.

      Victor Charpenary is a PhD candidate affiliated with the University of Passau (Germany) in collaboration with Siemens Corporate Technology. Member of the W3C Web of Things working group. Holds a double-degree in Computer Science from the engineering school INSA Lyon and the University of Passau. Research topics include semantics for the Web of Things, knowledge management and exchange in embedded environments.

  • W3C – The Next Big Thing of Web: Future Web Outlook
    • Invited talk 5: Social Web Protocols and the Foundations of Trust
      Speaker: Sandro Hawke (MIT)

      The recently completed social web protocols (including ActivityStreams, ActivityPub, and WebSub) allow ordinary, websites to implement features traditionally seen in large social networking platforms. They do this by applying standard data-on-the-web technologies (eg JSON-LD and REST) to the domain of social interaction. This talk will explain the approach, recount highlights of the journey, and look forward toward next steps for social. We will also consider other areas where these techniques might be applied, especially Credibility. Participants are encouraged to try out the technology by getting an account at

      Sandro Hawke is a W3C Fellow leading the Credible Web activity. He has been a member of the W3C Team at MIT since 2000, as staff contact for the Social Web Working Group and many Linked Data/Semantic Web Working Groups, including RDF, OWL, SPARQL, RIF, and LDP. He advocates for practical decentralization, is co-admin of the mastodon instance, and led MIT’s Crosscloud project with Tim Berners-Lee. He enjoys developing software in modern JavaScript and spending time with his four children.

    • Invited talk 6: From Big Search to Intelligent Search:
      Some Recent Advancements of Baidu Search

      Speaker: Shengwen Yang (Baidu)

      With the popularity of smart devices and the improvement of AI technologies, search engines are undergoing changes in recent years. People turn to the search engine not only for information, but also for various kinds of services and applications. In this talk, I will introduce some recent advancements of Baidu search powered by our AI technologies, including intelligent QA, image search, voice search, and AR interactions, etc. Besides, I will also present our recent work on building a better search ecosystem and delivering better user experiences.

      Shengwen Yang is currently with Baidu as a principal architect and the chair of technical committee on big data. His technical interests include data mining, machine learning and deep learning, big data analytics, knowledge base construction and applications, and database systems, etc. Before joining Baidu, he was with Hewlett Packard Labs, Yahoo Beijing Labs, and EMC/Pivotal. He holds a PhD from Tsinghua University in Computer Science and Technology.

    • Panel Discussion: Ready for the Future Web?
      Moderator: Chunming Hu (Beihang University)


      • Kenneth R. Christiansen (Intel)
      • Victor Charpenary (Siemens)
      • Sandro Hawke (MIT)
      • Dominique Hazael-Massieux (W3C)
      • Shengwen Yang (Baidu)